Change upsets the balance in our lives

By Larry Platner

Day 14

Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonours you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. NLT

Genesis 12:1

Abraham was called to make a radical change in order to enter into a new beginning. Can you imagine what it must have been like for him to be uprooted from his daily routine of life, having to pack up his belongings, organise his family and servants, gather the provisions needed for traveling, explaining to his father his sudden departure… and on the list goes.

It is difficult enough to find balance in life without change. Work, family obligations, rest, leisure, socialising, keeping up with social media, maintaining your home, your finances, and on it goes. What balance you achieve can be shattered by change. All of a sudden you have up-teen must do’s added to your list and life is like being in a storm, with one wave after another battering against you. 

When a balance is lost it can lead to frustration, anxiety, tiredness, disorientation, lost of direction, and more.  In such times we need to grasp hold of God who never changes. He is with us in the midst of change and will be your anchor through the unsettling times of change.

Psalm 31:6    I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul. 8  You have not handed me over to my enemies but have set me in a safe place. NLT